Johnny Be Good (1988)


“You kind of look like a combo Liberace meets Prince’s mom. But it’s groovy!” – Leo Wiggins

Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Jul 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A star quarterback is heavily recruited by various universities despite the fact that his girlfriend wants him to get a real education with her at the local state college.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall hearing about when it came out, yet never had much of a desire to see what it was all about.

What a truly horrendous comedy that despite having a very intriguing premise ever manages to find a way to keep the story engaging.

The film shows the various ploys used by some of the top colleges and universities in order to recruit top athletes no matter the cost to them.

Anthony Michael Hall was always a fun ten actor during the 80’s, yet he seems so much out of his element as the jock since he is more suited to play the intellectual or nerdy character.

Paul Gleason once again plays the out of touch adult who tries to further his own career at the expense of those around him.

The film does an interesting job portraying the way that recruitment offices are willing to bend (or even break) rules in order to sign top athletes.

This film might have worked much better as a drama about recruitment than as a silly teen comedy about it.

They do accurately show the way that the system frowns upon the culture of benefits to athletes yet also shows how the establishment constantly encourages it.

Bottom Line – Horrendous comedy that has a great premise yet doesn’t manage to show it. Hall was a great teen actor, but feels out of place in the role of the jock. Gleason is once again cast in the role of the out of touch adult who is only interested in his own benefits. The way that they portray the various college and university recruitment offices reflect the culture of benefits to athletes that are frowned upon by the system yet encouraged by the establishment.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Robert Downey Sr. played NCAA investigator Floyd Gondolli. That was the same name used by Philip Baker Hall in Boogie Nights (1997), in which Downey, Sr. also appeared. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (2/10)

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One thought on “Johnny Be Good (1988)

  1. Pingback: Temporal Top Ten – 1988 | MovieRob

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